Here are some of the Para athletics athletes to keep an eye on as they focus on the target at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games27 Feb 2020
Omara Durand, the world's fastest female Paralympian, proved she is remains a favourite ahead of Tokyo 2020 after winning the 100m, 200m and 400m at Lima 2019
By World Para Athletics
A new generation of Para athletics stars has emerged at last year’s World Championships in Dubai, UAE. Tokyo 2020 will see them in action together with Paralympic champions making a comeback to major events.
From the Nottwil 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships to the 2019 Dubai Worlds, Ntando Mahlangu has settled new world records and surprised with his attitude and sport quality.
The 19-year-old will compete in his second Paralympic Games. In Rio, Mahlangu won silver in the 200m T42, but fell in the 100m final. It is time for revenge for the South African at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium track.
Petrucio Ferreira (BRA)
The Brazilian set the two fastest times ever in a 100m race of a major Para athletics championships, including a new World Record time of 10.42 seconds at Dubai 2019.
Tokyo 2020 will be Ferreira’s second Games and expect more speed and more records from him.
Three-time Paralympic champion long jumper Markus Rehm is going to Tokyo with the gold a new world record on his mind.
One of the top international stars of the Paralympic Movement, the German has extended his unbeaten run with a world title in the long jump T64 at the 2019 World Championship.
Tomoki Sato (JPN)
Nicknamed Tomochan, Sato took on the sport inspired by the London 2012 Paralympics that he had watched on TV. Eight years later, he will be competing at home as one of Japan’s biggest gold medal hopes.
Sato left Rio 2016 with two silver medals, in the 400m T52 and 1500m T52. But since then has taken gold in both events at the London 2017 and Dubai 2019 World Championships.
With eleven world titles, Durand has dominated the tracks since her Paralympic debut. Cuba’s runner last loss came at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.
Last year, Durand received a deserved recognition from the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games Organising Committee and the Americas Paralympic Committee for her successful career, leaving her handprints next to the ones of Olympic legend Usain Bolt in the Athletics Stadium of the Peruvian capital.
Hurricane Hannah became a national star after taking two gold medals at her first Paralympic Games in London 2012. Since then, she has added other three Paralympic golds to her tally in Rio.
The class T34 wheelchair racer has tough competition at home with newcomer Kare Adenegan but showed she is hungry for more following her two gold medals at the Dubai 2019 Worlds – and a new world record in the 100m T34.